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The Brothers Comatose – Songs From The Stoop
Saturday, February 13th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Brothers Comatose – Songs From The Stoop

Image: 1602346 In 2010 The Brothers Comatose stepped out of the dive bars up and
down the West Coast long enough to record Songs From The Stoop.
It was recorded live at Prairie Sun Studios in a wood paneled room
dubbed “The Waits Room,” in honor of Tom Waits who recorded
much of Bone Machine in that very room. The album is a wonderful
raw portrait of an early band too new to give a shit, in a very good

• Played DelFest, High Sierra, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Grey
Fox, Outside Lands and many more festivals
• Supported tours for Devil Makes Three, Lake Street Dive,
Nicki Bluhm, and Yonder Mountain String Band
• One of the most loyal and supportive fan bases you will
ever come across for a band. Recently raised over $44k in
• Atrong radio and print publicity have been set up to promote
the new album

1. Trippin On Down
2. Church Street Blues
3. The Ballad Of Tommy Decker (Prince Of Haight)
4. Dead Flowers
5. Roots
6. Down To The River
7. Pine Box
8. Alley Of The Oaks
9. Into The Old
10. Legacy
11. 26 On The List
12. Swamp Jam Available from 11.03.2016

La Feline – Triomphe
Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on La Feline – Triomphe

Image: 1607602 La Féline are back with their new album Triomphe.

01. Senga
02. Le Royaume
03. La Mer Avalée
04. Trophée
05. Samsara
06. La Femme Du Kiosque Sur L’Eau
07. Comité Rouge
08. Séparés (Si Nous Étions Jamais)
09. Le Plongeur
10. Gianni
11. Nu, Jeune, Léger

In a previous life, La Féline was a trio. Three voices joined as one on
a handful of EPs with diverse influences, trying to find their place
between musical genres, languages, and experiences, guided by
Ariane’s writing and the luminous vocals of singer and guitarist Agnès
Gayraud. Then came “Adieu l’enfance” in 2014, the first album for
which Agnès alone carried the feline fur, and made her mark. A
unique voice emerged from the album, giving free reign to obsessions
that had had only been hinted at previously.
As cathartic as its title implies and entirely sung in French, “Adieu
l’enfance” was also a rebirth with hypnotic new wave sounds, urban
climates and introspective lyrics, a place into which the outside world
would sometimes crash, in an explosion of broken glass.
While creating her second album, “Triomphe”, La Féline started a new
fascinating metamorphosis. Guided by Dionysus, the god of ecstasy
(while the minimal synthpop of “Adieu l’enfance” had more Apollonian
hints), Agnès started by imagining herself as a ruthless warrior or
Miyazaki-like wildling. “Senga”, the first single passes on the flame: in
mirror-calm waters, Agnès the feline becomes Senga who talks to
wolves, Senga who climbs the trees and knows the secrets of the
forest. As total and ambitious album, “Triomphe” is like a place where
La Féline transforms the forest into a refuge, the sea into a primordial
swamp from which to emerge reborn, and projects herself into a city
of Tokyo where nature has re-claimed its rights. In this place we talk
of renaissances (“Samsara”, “Le Plongeur” — pulled down to the
depths by the sound of an octobass), meet Greek gods and spirit
animals (“Senga”), question the place of man in the community (“Le
Royaume”, “Comité rouge”).
After looking inwards toward the intimate, her songs now open up to
others, suggesting a whole unexplored world behind the veil of
appearances in the background that we almost dare not lift for fear of
going mad, like in Arthur Machen’s short story, The Great God Pan. Is
that not what is happening in the worrying final of the song “Gianni”,
that sounds like a descent into hell, or in the liberating crescendo of
“Royaume” where flutes and sax-ophones mix their strident sounds
together in one ecstatic celebration?
Available from 27.01.2017

Plaza Hotel – Bewegliche Ziele
Friday, June 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Plaza Hotel – Bewegliche Ziele

Image: 1603716 Bewegliche Ziele is the new single from Plaza Hotel.

A – Bewegliche Ziele
B – Schön Sein In Uniform

12inch (180g vinyl + Old School Tip On Single Cover + Download Card + Printed Inner Sleeve)

It’s 1981. Everything seems possible in the realms of music. The barriers between genres are
being willfully torn down, punk is discovering the synthesizer, the drum machine is replacing
the drummer and no idea is too absurd to pursue. The winds of change are blowing from New
York to London, Berlin and Tokyo and there’s a palpable, uninhibited spirit of optimism in the
air turning music industry on it’s head. People are experimenting with novel equipment,
bands are springing up like mushrooms, line-ups disband and regroup. A whole generation is
being inspired by a do-it-yourself mentality, creating an unprecedented knowledge of how to
produce music. Every artist seems to be full of ambition, conquering new frontiers whilst often
participating in several projects simultaneously. When today, we look back at this time it
appears as an unintelligible mess with no economic viability, but 30 years ago it was simply
the sheer desire for artistic freedom, self-fulfillment and the urge to have control over one’s
own creative work that was the driving force.
Let’s take the guitar player, Wolfgang Spelmanns. After leaving DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische
Freundschaft) in December 1980, his head was full of ideas and an exuberant compulsion to
express himself in as many ways as possible. A singular focus is impossible. One of these
endeavors is a visit to Werner Lambertz’s studio in Düsseldorf. While the first few takes, of what
later would become “Bewegliche Ziele”, are being recorded, the main object is putting
Lambertz’s self-designed modular percussion computer to the test. But the shenanigans don’t
end here. Soon after, Jaki Liebezeit, the drummer of Can, is invited to jam freestyle over the
programmed beats. New technologies and innovative methods have drawn the attention of
Liebezeit, challenging him to play as monotonously as if he were a machine himself (or a
computer in this case). It takes him less than 90 minutes to ad-lib two stunning drum tracks for
Spelmanns’ still nameless project. Spelmanns however, is not in a hurry to finish the tracks.
Unlike the bustling drummer, his focus has a much broader horizon. Instead he wanders off
and forms Mau Mau, a new band with his old flat mate and former partner in DAF, the bass
player and member of Düsseldorf group Fehlfarben, Michael Kemner. Consequently, the
recordings are left to the side and almost forgotten about.

Almost. Two years later, living in West Berlin, Spelmanns remembers the tapes and brings
them, along with his girlfriend and singer Claudia Sennlaub (alias Tabu), to the Caet Studio
on Kreuzberg’s Mehringdamm. Vocals and the guitar are recorded and in-studio synthesizers
are enthusiastically thrown into the mix allowing the two songs to finally take on a concrete
form. “Bewegliche Ziele” and “Schön Sein In Uniform” are mixed and mastered by none other
than Charly Steinberg, the founder of Steinberg GmbH and developer of one of the first DAWs
(Digital Audio Workstations), Cubase.
Having had mainly negative experiences with major labels (i.e. Polydor), and seeing how his
friends at Ata Tak music publishing, are swamped with bureaucracy and paperwork,
Spelmanns decides to independently press the record on four different-colored discs at Pallas
pressing plant. Totaling only 1000 copies, the records are released on the ad-hoc label
Delphin in early 1983 and are delivered straight to the door step of his apartment on
Pücklerstraße. Leaving the musician, although gaining ground by leaps and bounds in the art
scene, reduced to single-handedly supplying Berlin’s record stores with his release. No wonder
that only a few of the colorful discs find an audience and the potential success of Plaza Hotel
is all but nipped in the bud.
Amazingly, the record continues to be rediscovered time and again, throughout the years’
time. By a diverse mix of DJs and record collectors from all sorts of different countries, origins
and scenes. They all take a personal interest in “Bewegliche Ziele”. From die-hard NDW fans to
New Wave analysts and never-tiring sound explorers like the infamous, Dutch record collector
Tako Reyenga. It is him who plays one of these rare copies, sometime in 2010, in Düsseldorf of
all places, in the Salon d’Amateurs, one of the world’s hippest underground clubs, in front of a
broad-minded audience. In short “Bewegliche Ziele” (played on 33rpm instead of 45rpm)
becomes a signature tune not only at the Salon, but on dance floors of every boutique club
operating outside of mainstream territory all around the world. About the same time
Jazzanova member and co-founder of NOTES ON A JOURNEY, Stefan Leisering stumbles
across the 12” in a crate in Canada. Back in Berlin he plays his discovery to his buddy and
Jazzanova co-partner Alex Barck. Falling for the song’s magic as Leisering does, Barck
rearranges, what was perviously considered complete, the third edition of “Computer
Incarnations For World Peace” just to fit this exceptional tune into the already fine selection.
Spelmanns himself, now living in Bremen, working as a video artist and leading the Generic
Art Ensemble, definitely didn’t expect this to ever happen. Three decades after its initial
release “Bewegliche Ziele” is finally finding its listeners and revealing its long hidden spell. It’s
the same with “Bewegliche Ziele” as with a lot of this time period’s music long forgotten or only
released in a very limited capacity: Today, with hindsight, it gains new meaning and an
extensive resonance. Over the last few years Plaza Hotel’s skewness, the graceful peculiarity,
the courageous experimentalism is being explored by new and younger groups and can be
heard in current music again. Meaning “Bewegliche Ziele” could have easily be released in
2016. NOTES ON A JOURNEY thought the same and decided, that not only freaky record
collectors should be able to, for extortionate prices, enjoy this timeless, fascinating piece of
music on vinyl. So we have brought Plaza Hotel back to life, in all its glory. Available from 15.07.2016

Luke Vibert – Halloween (Part Two)
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Luke Vibert – Halloween (Part Two)

Image: 1593846 Hot on the heels of Luke Vibert’s ‘Halloween’ (Part One), Hypercolour present more acidic business from one of Cornwall’s finest bleeps exponent, backed with two very solid remixes from and FaltyDL.

More new and exclusive material from Vibert then, on the A side cut, *giStrain*h. Deadly mechanical funk of the highest order, the Eastern melodic flavors float over a bending and bouncing 303 bassline, serving up a heady concoction of analogue goodness, proving that Vibert*fs still got *eit*f in plenty of abundance.

Hypercolour regular, Tom Demac, revisits *gHalloween*h, the dark, Pagan stomping acid tormentor from Part One. Going in straight for the jugular, Demac offers up a heavyweight battering ram of a remix, certainly not for the faint–*]hearted, as the crushed beats slap and pound against the lysergic modulations and the demented vocal phrases.

Coming up for air, Brooklyn*fs FaltyDL comes to Hypercolour fresh from an outstanding album on Ninja Tune and singles on Swamp81 and Hemlock, with a stunning breaks version of *gStabs Of Regret*h (a track featured on Vibert*fs Ridmik album for Hypercolour last year). Hustling and frenzied breakbeats challenge for pole position with deep and dreamy chords and light synth melodies, the complex and compelling arrangement keeping things continually fresh in the mix. Vibert*fs funk is not lost either, with FaltyDL ensuring that this remix stays bang on point and funkier than a pair of Rick James*f leather strides.

A1. iStrain (Original Mix)
B1. Halloween (Tom Demac Remix)
B2. Stabs Of Regret (FaltyDL Remix) Available from 05.12.2014

Mind Fair – Mind Fair
Thursday, September 18th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mind Fair – Mind Fair

Image: 1591695 Mind Fair are Dean Meredith (Chicken Lips, Goat Dance) and Ben Shenton. Over the last few years they have had a slew of 12’s out on Golf Channel, International Feel and their own imprint, Rogue Cat Sounds, but are only now dropping this, their long awaited debut LP.

It is a bluesy folk funk swamp techno barnyard stomp of an album. It takes in influences from krautrock to English psych through to classic Detroit Techno, Chicago House and the (Italo) Disco that inspired it.

It somehow unifies these diverse threads and drags them into 2014 via a rave in the countryside. We go dancing on a hay bale at 10am in the sunshine in a pair of dungarees before collapsing on a friend’s sofa and skinning up amidst people jamming with acoustic guitars and bongos. Through it all marches the distinctive sounds that are Dean and Ben’s hallmarks: chugging analog bass and deeply funky drums.

All this is set to a loose concept of night out at the quintessential English traveling fair manned by psychedelic freaks…the fair of the mind.

The vocal talents of Clover Ray feature, alongside other regular contributors Karl ‘Akuko’ Milller (percussion & vocals), Tim Silver (ukelele!), Sadie Shenton Jones (vocals) and James Flanagan (vocals). Sumptuous artwork comes from Thomas Bullock aka Tom of England of Rub n Tug / Map of Africa fame. Includes download code.


B5. MUSHROOM BLUES Available from 03.10.2014

Various – Muscle Shoals (Soundtrack)
Saturday, January 11th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Muscle Shoals (Soundtrack)

Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative and defiant music in American history.Under the spiritual influence of the ”Singing River” as Native Americans called i…

Various – Music For Dancefloors – KPM Music Librar
Thursday, April 18th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Music For Dancefloors – KPM Music Librar

Image: 1579367 This April, Strut reissues one of the early releases from its catalogue in a brand new
Deluxe Edition. Music For Dancefloors is a varied journey through the archives of the
fabled and historic KPM Music Library.
The phenomenon of the music library is unique, involving brilliant but anonymous
composers and musicians creating short pieces of music to be made available for
background use in film, television, and radio. The music wasn’t intended to be enjoyed
in a home listening context, and in fact wasn’t available for commercial release at all,
but the sheer quality of the playing and compositions resulted in the music finding an

enthusiastic audience. Original promotional-only vinyl releases from KPM and other
libraries of the 1960s and 70s (generally from print run of only 1,000 copies each) can
now exchange hands for a small fortune.
During its heyday, many pieces recorded through KPM became perennial UK TV
themes – long-running programs like “Grandstand,” “Mastermind” and “ITV News At
Ten.” Tellingly, the KPM boss during this period, Robin Phillips, made a point of setting

the bar high, bringing in the UK’s most talented young composers, arrangers and
session players to the studios to ensure the highest quality music.
The quality has justifiably stood the test of time. In recent years, DJs and collectors
have coveted volumes of the anonymous green label KPM LPs as a source for hard-tofind
grooves and breaks, and KPM has become a well-mined source for hip-hop
and music connoisseurs – Jay-Z, DOOM, Madlib and Guilty Simpson,
and Action Bronson are among the many who have plundered KPM

A KPM piece (Kieth Mansfield’s “Funky Fanfare”) even graces the opening

Quentin Tarantino’s film Kill Bill.
Compiled by ex-Jazz Cafe booker and DJ Adrian Gibson and Strut’s Quinton Scott‚
Music For Dancefloors was originally created as a series of albums in the early 2000s
dedicated to mining the archives of the UK’s foremost music libraries. Volumes on
Chappell music and Bosworth would follow in 2001 and 2002. This first installment
mines the KPM reels for some of the most in-demand, funkiest and quirkiest pieces
from the library. Some have become classics in their own right: Alan Parker’s ”That’s
What Friends Are For” featuring Blue Mink’s Madeline Bell on vocals, Alan Hawkshaw’s
stomping hammond groove “Senior Thump” (a precursor to his work as The Mohawks),
and Keith Mansfield’s “Crash Course,” a driving jazz anthem. Elsewhere, the tracklist
is peppered with oddities like Klaus Weiss’ incidental downtempo mood “Morning 1 /
Morning 2” and Nascimbene’s “Witchdoctor,” a short tribal field recording.

This new edition features an exclusive bonus disc, which makes available for the first
time the debut gig by the KPM All-Stars, bringing together many of KPM’s greatest
composers for a unique night at London’s Jazz Cafe on 27th April 2000. A big band
comprising original and contemporary KPM library musicians and writers, including
Alan Hawkshaw, Keith Mansfield and James Clarke, perform the library’s best-loved
TV themes and cult dancefloor classics for the first time anywhere since the original
sessions. Within the set, Alan Hawkshaw plays the live debut of tracks from his album
The Champ by The Mohawks including the fabled title track, as well as “Senior Thump’
and “Landscape.”
Music For Dancefloors: The KPM Music Library (Deluxe version) is released in three
formats: 2CD (original studio recordings and live concert), 2LP featuring the original
studio recordings and 2CD insert of the full CD content, and digital (original studio
recordings and live concert). The album features the original sleeve notes by Charles
Waring (Mojo magazine) alongside extra photos and memorabilia.

– Deluxe edition includes a second disc featuring the never before heard live debut
of the KPM All-Stars recorded at the Jazz Cafe In London.
– Compiled by ex-Jazz Cafe booker and DJ Adrian Gibson and Strut’s Quinton Scott
– The album features the original sleeve notes by Charles Waring (Mojo magazine)
alongside extra photos and memorabilia.
– Deluxe 2LP Gatefold Vinyl edition including a 2 cd insert.

KPM, DeWolfe, Alan Parker, Keith Mansfield, Johnny Trunk


1. Alan Parker – That’s What Friends Are For
2. Alan Parker – Unlimited Love
3. Duncan Lamont – Funky Express
4. Johnny Pearson – Assault Course
5. Barry Morgan and Ray Cooper – Samba Street
6. James Clarke – Second Cut
7. John Cameron – Swamp Fever
8. William Farley and Dennis Bovell – Reggae Train
9. Keith Mansfield – Incidental Backcloth No. 9
10. Francis Coppieters – Cross Talk
11. Pierre Lavin Pop Band – In Advance
12. Alan Hawkshaw – Senior Thump
13. Alan Moorhouse – Expo In Tokyo
14. Nascimbene – Interlude: Witchdoctor
15. Juan Erlando & His Latin Band – Jungle Baby
16. Klaus Weiss – Morning 1 / Morning 2
17. Les Baxter – Freeway To Rio
18. Juan Erlando & His Latin Band – Brazil Express
19. Francis Coppieters – Piano In Transit
20. Keith Mansfield – Crash Course

1. Keith Mansfield with KPM All Stars – Soul Thing
2. Alan Hawkshaw & Keith Mansfield with KPM All Stars –
Theme from ‘Dave Allen At Large’
3. Alan Hawkshaw & Keith Mansfield with KPM All Stars –
Beat Boutique
4. KPM All Stars – Swamp Fever
5. KPM All Stars – Unlimited Love
6. KPM All Stars feat. Emma Kershaw –
That’s What Friends Are For
7. James Clarke with Steve Grey and KPM All Stars – Second Cut
8. Duncan Lamont with KPM All Stars – Funky Express
9. Alan Hawkshaw with KPM All Stars – Girl In A Sportscar
10. Alan Hawkshaw with KPM All Stars – Senior Thump
11. Alan Hawkshaw with KPM All Stars – Landscape
12. Alan Hawkshaw with Kirsty Hawkshaw and KPM All Stars –
The Champ
13. Keith Mansfield with KPM All Stars – Crash Course
14. Keith Mansfield with KPM All Stars – UK Sports Theme Medley: Theme from ‘The Big Match’ / Theme from BBC Wimbledon
Tennis / Theme from BBC Athletics / Theme from ‘Grandstand’
Available from 29.03.2013

The Bamboos
Friday, June 22nd, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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“Medicine Man” is The Bamboos’ fifth album. A revelatory, forward-looking record, with guests including Aloe Blacc, Daniel Merriweather and Megan Washington alongside the powerhouse stylings of regular singer Kylie Auldist, this stunning LP marks another twist in the tale for Australia’s kings of the groove. Masterfully blending blues, pop, soul and psychedelia influences with fresh […]

First Freestyle Records release from the in demand keys player Jessica Lauren …
Monday, April 16th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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Freestyle Records is immensely proud to be the new home for one of the UK’s most creative and in demand musicians, Jessica Lauren. Since the early 1990s, the soulful, spacey jazz grooves of keyboard player Jessica Lauren have been a familiar part of London’s alternative music scene, having in the past released her own original […]

Staff Charts 2009
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2009 wasn’t just the year everyone you know bought an iPhone, joined Twitter and put on a pair of gum boots to till their fields in Farmville. Actually it was also an exciting and eventful year for music – full of blown speakers, sweaty t-shirts and the surprising comeback of psychedelic rock. Along the way […]

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Less than a year after the acclaimed “Ghost Rock”, NOMO have completed its spirited sister album – recorded during the “Ghost Rock” sessions and tours. “Invisible Cities” is informed by their ceaseless travelling, and visits to places both real and unreal. The sonic empire of NOMO is expanding; busting up genres and musical borders with […]

NOMO have completed a brand new album …
Thursday, April 16th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Less than a year after the acclaimed “Ghost Rock”, NOMO have completed its spirited sister album – recorded during the “Ghost Rock” sessions and tours. “Invisible Cities” is informed by their ceaseless travelling, and visits to places both real and unreal. The sonic empire of NOMO is expanding; busting up genres and musical borders with […]

Early September sees the release of the latest project from long time Alice Russell producer TM Juke …
Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 | Tags: , , ,
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Early September sees the release of the latest project from long time Alice Russell producer TM Juke. This project with percussionist Jack Baker is a head spinning dive into all things percussion and all things dancefloor. Featuring vocals from Alice Russell, Belleruche vocalist Kathrin deBoer and Bonobo collaborator Andreya Triana this is a masterclass in […]

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